The Week In Korea – Round 9
The highlight of the round came as quite a surprise, a game between two mid-table sides providing plenty of goals and action. Seongnam played host to Gwanju, with the home side possibly a bit disappointed with the start to the season they have had. After grinding out victory with 10 men last week, Seongnam showed their attacking capabilities this week.
It was 1-0 to Gwangju at half time following a clinical header from Bogdan Milic. Seongnam equalised early in the second half, Heverton coolly taking down a long ball and bursting past the defender to fire into the far corner. Six minutes later he looped a header over the Gwangju keeper to give Seongnam the lead. Milic then leveled the score with his second of the night but Heverton went one better, claiming his hat-trick to restore Seongnam’s lead. Victory was confirmed with ten minutes to go when Gwangju were hit on the counter, allowing Park Jin-Po to slide home the final goal of the game.
The standard of refereeing was called into question after the game between Seoul and Jeju United. Seoul had a 1-0 lead going into the dying minutes when a long range shot was spilled by the keeper, with the rebound being squared for Adilson dos Santos to tap home. Issues arose surrounding the fact that Santos appeared to be at least two yards offside when the original shot was struck. Despite the dubious nature of their goal, Jeju deserved a point for a disciplined performance and always looked dangerous on the break. It will be interesting to see if they can maintain their great start to the season.
League leaders Suwon could only manage a 0-0 draw away at Gyeongnam, whilst Ulsan secured a late victory that put them back amongst the early season contenders. The victory put Ulsan within three points of pole position thanks to Maranhao’s late strike. He was introduced to the game with 25 minutes to go in the hope of breaking the stalemate, and he did exactly that two minutes into injury time, breaking the offside trap and sliding home the only goal of the game. Ulsan also had a game in hand due to their Asian Champions League commitments.
At the foot of the table both Daejeon and Incheon conceded goals late on to keep their respective miserable form going. Incheon sacked their coach earlier this month and will be hoping a new coach can turn things around. A similar situation at Daejeon may not be too far off.
Wednesday night saw Ulsan play their rearranged fixture against Seoul. The hosts knew that a victory would take them joint top but only managed a 2-2 draw. Dejan Damjanović had given Seoul a two goal advantage but goals from Go and thee weekend’s hero Maranhao saw Ulsan salvage a point which probably pleased Suwon fans more than anyone else.
Read my tatical analysis of Daejeon Citizen over at
0 – 0
2 – 1
1 – 1
1 – 0
1 – 0
0 – 1
3 – 1
4 – 2